The end of an academic year is a time to reflect upon the past 10 months. Conversely, the start of an academic year is a good time to plan for the next 10 months. At TCS, we spend a great deal of time talking and reflecting upon the history and traditions of the School. We also spend a great deal of time talking to students about goal setting and planning, with the aim of assisting young people in developing habits of heart and mind to be better prepared for the life ahead of them.
Few sports baffle and intrigue me more than rowing, particularly as a sport for adolescents. After all, it is a sport in which you are travelling backwards, not seeing the finish line and only truly seeing the person in front of you! Teenagers, many of whom often find it excruciatingly difficult to get out of bed before 11:00 a.m. on a Saturday, find themselves in a car or a bus being taken to the water as early as 5:00 a.m.! Training sessions in the off-season consist of sitting on an ergometer and pulling a rope that turns a fly wheel until your muscles burn and hurt.
This past weekend, the School hosted over 320 alumni ranging from graduates of five years ago to 70 years ago! Our oldest alumnus in attendance was Tom Lawson ’47 who is 89 years of age. Our most senior retired faculty member in attendance was Geoff Dale who is 98 years old. Among those who went great lengths to attend were Omar Aboud ’92 who flew in from Syria and Will Young ’92 who came all the way from Australia to attend the School’s Reunion Weekend.
This is the time of year, in Canada, when the sport of hockey reaches a heightened interest. This is particularly true when a Canadian team is still standing in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. But regardless of the season, hockey is Canada’s historically most popular sport. It is, perhaps, the one sport for which Canadians expect to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
I am frequently asked about the differences between Trinity College School and other local school options. Most recently, I was asked by a chamber of commerce to explain. I thought that I would use the analogy of choosing a restaurant to provide some insight into the school selection process. Please feel free to share this post with friends, neighbours or family members who ask you why you attended, or choose to send your children, to TCS!
There are a lot of people who have jobs that they love. And, lots of people who do not enjoy their occupation. Fortunately for me, I believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world.
Contrary to many stereotypes about the day of a principal or headmaster, my job is the reason that I get to experience a lot of fun, interesting and rewarding interactions on any given week. For those who might be interested in “the life of a headmaster,” here is a sample of just a few of the activities and experiences I enjoyed over the past week or so:
The Colin T. Brown ’75 Leadership Medal represents Trinity College School’s highest recognition of exceptional leadership and volunteer service to the School. This year’s recipients are Mr. Geoffrey Dale and Mr. John Gilbert ’56.
I presume that the majority of TCS parents can relate to this aspect of my childhood. When I was a kid my parents liked to take photos of my sister and me. But taking photos was usually reserved for special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, sports banquets, when grandparents visited, or while at the beach.
Before the age of 20, I don't think that I ever took a photograph. I didn't own a camera. Taking photos, or rather the developing of film, was expensive. And I am certain that I never took a picture of myself!
Each spring at TCS, our campus is enhanced with blooming daffodils, scattered purple crocuses, gradually greening grass, furry buds on trees, and exchange students from Australia and South Africa. And, in a spirit of reciprocation and mutual benefit, approximately eight students from TCS travel to the Southern Hemisphere annually to grace our sister schools’ campuses (albeit they are not experiencing the spring season in their part of the world).
On Sunday, April 9, 2017, a special ceremony was held in Vimy, France, that commemorated the 3,598 Canadian soldiers who died during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. There are three Trinity College School alumni – Lt. Lionel Hyman Eliot ’04, Lt. Herbert Boyd Symonds ’03 and Pte. Walter Henry Cooper ’82 – buried near the monument.